Intel's Haswell Chips Could Provide 50% More Battery Life to Next-Gen MacBooks
The next generation in Appleís MacBook line could potentially see 50% greater battery life thanks to Intelís soon to be released Haswell processors. In a media briefing ahead of the launch of its Haswell processor platform, Intel Chief Rani Borkar said that the chipmaker had designed the line with notebooks and tablets in mind according to PC World
. This focus on mobile devices led to dramatic increases in battery life with 50% longer operation in normal use and extending idle and standby battery life by up to 20 times.
This could mean that battery life for future MacBooks, which are already near the top of the industry, will see considerable improvements. The Haswell line is the latest in the chip giantís instruction set architecture. Intel updates the lines every two years and this yearís refresh is more important than most. With the rise of smartphones and tablets slowing the PC industry, the main source of Intelís sales. Consumers are increasingly opting for mobile devices rather than traditional computing form factors and Intel has struggled to gain a foothold in the mobile device segment.
The Haswell line is intended to address both traditional computers and tablets as well. Some of the components of the line have had their power consumption reduced to as low as 7W. The offerings are said to offer better performance than non-Intel chipsets but with comparably low battery life. The company has been talking up the possibilities of the Haswell line for months ahead of its launch. The company recently released
a document showing that Haswell will double or triple graphics performance compared to previous models.
Ultimately weíll have to see but all the information thus far bodes well for whatís to come.
Source: PC World